Archive for the Exterior Problems – Roofs & Walls Category

Is Some Moisture OK?

Home inspectors are often asked to render opinions on other professionals work. Many times we are challenged by licensed professionals, such as engine

Go With What You Know

Approximately 90% of all structural building failures are caused by moisture. With the exception of the homeowner, moisture is the #1 enemy of the hou

Spring Water Problems

It’s time to start getting your home ready for spring. Part 2:  Leaking roofs are the second biggest problem.  Most roof leaks are caused by roo

Wet Where and Wet When

What Makes My Window Panes Wet? Problem:  The window is wet on the room side of the glass for a few weeks in fall. Solution:   Moisture has accu

Let’s Look Closer At Deck Failure!

There are just two basic reasons for decks failing. The first is overloading and the second is improper construction. Overloading: deck failure usu

Wood Deck Failures

What happened to pressure treated deck lumber? Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood. The wood is placed

Decks Can Be Dangerous

Deck failures are becoming more common. Why do decks fail? The most common reasons are: Old age Poor design Improper materials Overloadin

My Ice Dams Are Really Bad

Icicles indicate the formation of ice dams. What do ice dams indicate? Icicles form where water is dripping from the roof when snow is melting and

Too Much Roof Snow?

Can my roof collapse from too much snow load? It’s possible, but highly unlikely. Since about 1950, cold climate states must adhere to engineerin

Your House Cracks

Home Inspectors get paid a lot of money every year just to look at other peoples cracks; cracks in plaster walls and ceilings, cracks in basement and

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